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Fine l’Épicerie de Belleville

Founded in 2010 on rue de Tourtille, Cécile Boussarie’s gourmet food and wine shop moved around the corner in 2014 to its current, more prominent rue de Belleville location. Its bold, clean red sign belies the unpolished dowdiness of the shop’s interior, where teas, jams, vinegars, spices, potted meats, conserves, oils, and assorted trinkets line all available surfaces. In the middle of über-urban Belleville, it’s like walking into a deserted village gift shop.

At midday, Fine L’Épicerie de Belleville offers soups and sandwiches enjoyably enlivened with various low-key delicacies (dry Sicilian caper sausage, say, or spiced confit grape cream). Tables in the shop’s deep interior are a refuge from the street for lunchtime diners and the odd professional meeting. Along with cheese and charcuterie, Boussarie stocks a slightly haphazard range of inexpensive natural wine and craft beer. While not a tastemaking authority by any means, Fine L’Épicerie de Belleville remains a handy back-pocket address for things to bring to last-minute weeknight dinner parties and relatives’ birthday brunches.

— Aaron Ayscough, December 2015

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Ravioli Chinois Nord-Est

You’re not here for the bare-bones space or the bare-bones service, you’re here for the fresh dumplings, pure and simple. They’re cheap, abundant, and most importantly, good.

There are usually 10 varieties on the menu including beef and turnip, pork and celery, shrimp & chive, and a great vegetarian mushroom option, all priced around €5 for a plate of 10, and served either grilled or boiled. The cucumber, peanut or noodle side salads are a good complement. Space inside is cramped, so plan on a short wait for a table, and don’t let the length of the queue put you off: Most are waiting for their goods to-go, no surprise when 100 frozen dumplings can be purchased for as little as €20.

— Catherine Down, January 2016

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Cream

We have not yet reviewed this coffee shop, but you’ll find practical information about location and hours on this page, along with links to other reviews. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

Practical information

Address: 50 rue de Belleville, 75020
Nearest transport: Pyrénées (11)
Hours: Open every day
Telephone: 09 83 66 58 43
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2015) “Imaginés par deux toqués de la boisson torréfiée, passés par Ten Belles, ces quatre murs dessinent un refuge parfait… une jolie faim au ventre (soupes et piadines, sorte de wraps italiens, aux recettes gourmettes – jambon de parme, pesto de persil, chèvre et roquette ou jambon blanc, chèvre, betterave et pomme par exemple –, à 6 €).”

Le Fooding (2015) “Dans leur espace briqué-boisé à forte influence scandinave, ils préparent avec l’or noir du sidamo et l’unapu de la Brûlerie de Belleville voisine le « cream », évidemment, l’espresso acidulé comme il faut, le filtre en infusion et le « cortado », une noisette plus lactée qu’à l’ordinaire.”

Sprudge (2015) “It might seem like a trendy choice to take the time to make specialty coffee and bake pastries in house, but at Cream it’s easy to see that those choices are just about being an integral part of the local neighborhood, making a product and making it well, and creating a space that’s inviting and that people feel comfortable going to… Pretentious it is definitely not.”

Paris Bouge (2015)  “L’ambiance y est bonne, le lieu est joliment décoré et bien sûr le café est délicieux… On vous conseille donc de déguster le fameux crème (la mascotte du coffee), mais vous trouverez également du café filtre, un expresso, une noisette, du thé et un chocolat chaud (lui aussi pas mal du tout). Pour le déjeuner et le goûter, Cream propose des sandwiches roulés délicieux et des pâtisseries gourmandes telles que cookies, cakes et céréales, réalisés sur place.”

Lost in Cheeseland (2014) “A new coffee bar in the Belleville neighborhood that serves excellent pour-overs, sandwiches and a short but sharp selection of cakes. Given their location and history working under the tutelage of Ten Belles lead Thomas Lehoux, it’s of little surprise that Joe and Maxime roast Belleville Brûlerie beans exclusively.”

Photo courtesy of Cream’s Facebook page

Le Baratin

Food and wine pilgrims are willing to climb the hill for this Belleville institution. Raquel Carena tends the fire, offering her own brand of bistro cooking, sometimes delicate, sometimes hearty, always heartfelt. Her husband Philippe’s wine cellar is one of the best in town, with an emphasis on small independent producers and natural wines. Don’t expect a smile from him, or really anyone else working there, just be glad that this place exists. The lunch menu remains one of the best deals in town.

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